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Outcome | Putanga

The Reform of Vocational Education is wide-ranging with a long-term focus.

The desired outcome will be a Vocational Education and Training (VET) system that:

  • delivers the education and training required in the 21st Century
  • meets the needs of employers and industry at the same time as meeting the needs of students and learners, and
  • provides satisfying employment to New Zealanders over the long term.

The reform project is examining whether the system is meeting expectations and could be improved further. 

Scope | Awhe

The VET system is a critical part of New Zealand’s economic infrastructure. It provides people with the skills they need for their working lives, provides industry with the skilled workers needed to succeed, and communities with infrastructure for their economic development.

The purpose of the Reform of Vocational Education is to examine how the VET system meets the needs of learners, employers and communities, and the appropriate role of government in that system. 

Operation | Whakahaere

The Ministry of Education will lead the funding and regulatory strands of the Reform of Vocational Education project, while the TEC will lead any structural change of the ITP network. The agencies will work very closely together.

Origins of the Reform programme

As part of the wider national Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Government is reforming the vocational education and training system. This is one of the four “big reviews” that form part of the Education Work Programme.

The Reform of Vocational Education brings together the original Review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system, led by the Ministry, and the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) Roadmap 2020 project, led by the Tertiary Education Commission, which is looking at ways to secure a sustainable future for New Zealand’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).

The original VET system review was organised around four key themes:

  1. A strong network of provision for all regions. 
  2. Work-based learning that adapts to a variety of needs.  
  3. A system that is effective for a diverse range of learners.  
  4. A system that supports, and is supported by, industry.  

Reform of Vocational Education will incorporate the aims of the ITP Roadmap 2020 to stabilise ITPs so they can deliver on New Zealand’s skills needs in coming decades and support development in the regions. The ITP Roadmap project has focused on three areas:

  • investigating the problems facing ITPs
  • analysis of the key opportunities for change, and
  • identifying options for a sustainable future 

Older papers on the Review of the VET system

Download the associated Cabinet paper and Scope and Principles Paper

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Some information has been withheld under the following sections of the Official Information Act 1982:

  • section 9(2)(f)(iv) to protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials
  • section 9(2)(a) to protect the privacy of natural persons, including that of deceased natural persons

In preparing this information release, the Ministry of Education has considered the public interest considerations in section 9(1) of the Official Information Act.